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Tim Solway of Solways Printers

Just got our fantastic new business cards from Solways Printers.

Watch this great video – http://www.solways.co.uk/luxury-900gsm-thick-triplexed-business-cards/

Should I buy a new website?

Marketing TrainingI get asked this a lot!

And the truth is that when buying anything in marketing there are two questions to consider:

  1. What the risk?
  2. What’s the return on investment

Let me give you some examples from our services.

For example – Let’s say you are considering booking on to our LinkedIn workshop.  What’s the risk?  £69, plus half a day of your time!  So, this is a fairly low risk.  Question 2 – What’s the return on investment?  Well the truth is it depends.  I know I client, who made £42,000,000 and many that have made £100,000+ be attending, but I also know others who have not taken any action following the workshop and so have got no sales.

It is the same with buying a new website – If you buy a new website and pay decent money for it, then there is a reasonable amount of risk.  However the rewards can also be very high.  The big problem that I keep hearing is “we have bought a new website, but we have had no leads at all from it”.

The truth is that the reason behind this lack of success is two fold.

  1. There has been little, or no effort, or cash but into driving traffic to the site
  2. There has been little, or no effort but into CRO (conversion rate optimisation) of the website.

Is it worthwhile using video to grow your business?

Is it worthwhile using video to grow your business?

Join the Association of Prudent Marketing for only £15 per month.  It’s a total NO BRAINER!

For details click here.

Solways Printers – Our client for over 5 years

Thanks Tim!

Launch of the Association of Prudent Marketing

Marketing trainingWe are pleased to announce the launch of the Association of Prudent Marketing.

Members can expect weekly sales and marketing tips and ideas to grow their business along with reports and marketing audits.

As a member you will benefit from

  1. Access to the Prudent Marketing social media portal allowing members to top quality social media marketing from one professional website
  2. A weekly profit producing video – covering business development, digital and off line marketing and sales
  3. A certificate of membership
  4. A monthly marketing report – providing in-depth reports on subjects like Facebook, LinkedIn Marketing, e-mail Marketing, Getting and converting traffic
  5. An annual conference – Great for networking and sharing best practice marketing and sales ideas
  6. Access to proven sales letters, scripts and other materials
  7. Monlthy Sales and Marketing Audits and Plans (these come in the form of marketing checklists)

To sign up click here

 

Business development advice

Marketing adviceBusiness development advice

One of the biggest problems most small businesses are experiencing right now is a lack of leads.  The second biggest problem is not being able to convert enough of those leads into sales.

This is my expertise and I have been helping small businesses like yours, to win more business, more easily, more often for nearly 30 years.

I do this by working as a part time Marketing Director, Advisor, Trainer and Coach.

I have a variety of programmes to suit every budget and need. 

My programmes include:

  • Marketing Director
  • Private Practice
  • Prudent Marketing Academy
  • Raise Your Game
  • Association of Prudent Marketing.

The details of each one are on our website, but I would be very happy to give you a free hour of my time.  At the end of this time you can decide if there is a fit and if you would like help or not.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Our client grew from £290,000 to £492,000 in 12 months

£290,000 to £492,000 in 12 months

Our client Cascade Events grew from £290,000 turnover to £492,000 turnover in 12 months on our Prudent Marketing Academy.  Want to do the same?  Take a look.

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“Cascade Event Management’s turnover hit £492,000 this year (up from £290,000 last year) and I’m sure a significant part of that is down to the time I spent with you, Steve.  The future is looking good too but we still want to take it the next level”.

Chris Monk – Managing Director, Cascade Events Ltd

Steve appearing again on Business Connections Live

 

Business Connections Live

 

 

 

 

 

Steve is appearing again on Business Connections Live on Independence day 4th July at 1pm.

Business Connections Live, the UK’s Leading Online Business Channel is an online Business Television Channel giving free advice, mentoring and inspiration to Entrepreneurs, SME’s and Businesses. Each week our invited business experts join us live on the air to discuss and educate our viewers with business strategies that make a real difference.

Business Connections Live is the brain child of two entrepreneurs, Steve Hyland and Linda Bazant who saw the need for small businesses to have a source of information that was profitable and useful.

You con contact them at – http://businessconnectionslive.com/about-us/

On 4th July I will be talking about Re-Targeting, or Re-Marketing as it is sometimes called.  Not sure what this means?

The good news is you are not alone.  The even better news is – You could be the first in your industry to use this great form of marketing.

So tune in on 4th July at 1pm.

http://businessconnectionslive.com/live-programme/

 

Marketing Advice Hampshire – The Three Biggest Reasons Why Marketing Fails

Marketing Advice and tipsThe Three Biggest Reasons for Marketing Failing are …

1. It never happens

In others words, the great Marketing idea, or strategy is never implemented.  For example, a lot of people tell me “I am on LinkedIn, but I don’t really use it”.  I often ask business owners – “When did you last send out an email campaign?”  The answer is often “About three months ago.”

The truth is that the word most often missing from most small businesses marketing is the word ‘CONSISTENCY‘.  In other words, doing things in a consistent and ongoing manor.

So often I see businesses who only market themselves when they are not very busy.  When they are busy they stop marketing.  I also hear business owners telling me “I can’t afford to work with you right now Steve, but as soon as more business comes in, I will give you a call.”  Do you know what?  It never happens.

Sales and marketing, or lead generation and creation, needs to be driven.  I once heard a lovely saying: “Marketing is like a wheel barrow.  Nothing happens until you push it forward”.

2. It is never measured

One of the biggest ‘sins’ in marketing is not measuring your results.  Why?  Because you can not manage what you do not measure, so if you are marketing your business using a particular strategy then you need to know whether it is working or not.  Let me ask you a question: What return on investment do you get from your website?  How much did your website cost you and how much has it made for you?  Do you even know this KPI?

You also need to consider how many people visit your website on a monthly basis and how many leads that creates.  And what is your conversion rate and life time value from those leads?

Without this step it is impossible to implement the next step – that is, improving the results that you are getting.

3. It is never improved

The third reason for marketing failure is not really failure at all; it is is lack of maximisation.  Let’s take a look at email marketing.  For example, businesses that use email marketing are generally very poor at doing so and they say email marketing does not really work.  The truth is that they have never tested it in order to improve the performance.  They could:

  • Change the headline of their emails to improve performance (I once did this for a clients and made them an extra £2.2 million on the next email that they sent out)
  • Change the copy
  • Test using plain text, as apposed to newsletter type html
  • Test using, or not using, testimonials
  • Test adding video
  • Follow up all opens and/or click-throughs
  • Add a new call to action or guarantee
  • Send the campaign to a different or new target market
  • Change the use of colour
  • etc

My point being …

Take action, measure your results and then work on improving the results that you are getting.  If you want to learn move about Prudent Marketing, then join me at one of my half-day workshops.  They are only £69 and the ROI you will get is nothing short of outstanding.  Click here for details.

The three steps to go from average to a fortune

Social Media Management

The three steps to go from average to a fortune

If you run an average business, then you get average results.  Average results mean no profit and you are struggling to survive.

Watch this video to learn the three keys to go from average to a fortune.

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